Edwardsville announces measures in response to public health concerns

The city of Edwardsville, Kansas, has announced it is taking several precautions to limit potential exposure of residents and staff to COVID-19.

According to Zack Daniel, assistant city manager, because of emerging health concerns in the Greater Kansas City region and the nation, Edwardsville is taking several precautions, including:

• Rescheduling March 19 Municipal Court appearances for later dockets. This does not apply to video arraignments, which will go on as scheduled.

• Placing a moratorium on new reservations for the Edwardsville Community Center until April 30, 2020.

• Placing a moratorium on new reservations for the shelter house at the Edwardsville City Park until April 30, 2020.

• Enacting appropriate social distancing procedures for Edwardsville police officers when dealing with large public gatherings.

• Considering additional personal protective measures for Edwardsville fire and EMS staff while treating patients, which may include placing masks on some patients.

Other measures to limit potential exposure to residents and staff may be considered as circumstances change and new information is made available, according to Edwardsville officials. These developments will be shared through news releases, on the city’s official website (www.edwardsvilleks.org), and the city’s various social media outlets. Additional information is being provided through the Wyandotte County Public Health Department (www.wycokck.org/health).

Edwardsville officers search for suspect

A search conducted Saturday near 98th and Riverview for a wanted person did not result in any arrests, according to Edwardsville police.

Edwardsville Police Chief Mark Mathies stated that a wanted person on Saturday had fled the area near 98th and Riverview, and officers believed he might be hiding in a wooded area between 98th and 94th streets. Several agencies participated in a search.

Officers did not locate anyone after an exhaustive search, he stated, and no arrests were made.

The search was started again after dark on Saturday, after officers believed the person was seen again; however, the search did not find anyone, according to Chief Mathies.

Adopt-A-Spot program to launch on Saturday in Wyandotte County

The cities of Kansas City, Kansas, Bonner Springs and Edwardsville are teaming up to make Wyandotte County litter free through a grassroots, citizen based program called Adopt-A-Spot.

The event will officially launch at 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, with Kansas City, Kansas, Mayor David Alvey, Bonner Springs Mayor Jeff Harrington and Edwardsville Mayor John McTaggart joining for the event at Leo Alvey Park, Metropolitan Avenue and 49th Street South in Kansas City, Kansas.

The Adopt-A-Spot program is voluntary and designed for civic-minded groups, businesses, and organizations with an interest in keeping Bonner Springs, Edwardsville, and Kansas City, Kansas litter-free.

The Adopt-A-Spot program is open to families, youth organizations, civic groups, non-profits, churches, schools, social organizations, retiree organizations, and city, county, or state agencies.

Adopt-A-Spot is part of the 5-year Stabilization, Occupation, and Revitalization (SOAR) plan to confront some of Wyandotte County’s most pervasive challenges in the appearance, communication, and safety of neighborhoods.

“Adopt-A-Spot WyCo is a great way for community members to help beautify parks, portions of streets, and Land Bank properties, and be recognized for their hard work,” said Logan Masenthin, SOAR program coordinator.

In recognition of their hard work, program sponsors will receive an on-site Adopt-A-Spot sign with their organization, business, or group name printed on it after performing at least three cleanup events during a two-year period.

Adopt-A-Spot WyCo is open to everyone on a first-come, first-served basis.

At this time the following areas are available for adoption:

• KCK Parks – 25

• KCK Streets – 13

• KCK Land Bank Lots – 66

• Edwardsville spots – 3 streets, 1 park

• Bonner Springs spots – 7 parks, 4 trails, 4 park shelters

The program is accepting location reservations now.

To learn more and check out the list of adoptable spots, visit the Adopt-A-Spot WyCo page at www.wycokck.org/SOAR/Adopt.

– News release from Edwin Birch, Unified Government public information officer